Papers of James Rankin McKail, 1892-1977, solicitor and law graduate of the University of Glasgow, Scotland

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Student notes 1915-1917;
  • Class prize certificates 1916-1917;
  • Graduation certificate 1918;
  • List of degrees conferred including James Rankin McKail 1918;
  • Professional certificates and memberships 1910-1955;
  • BL and LLB examination papers and notes as Additional Examiner in Conveyancing 1953-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Rankin McKail was born on the 2 August 1892  . His father was John McKail, a builder and brickmaker. James Rankin McKail attended the University of Glasgow , Scotland, from 1914-1918  to study Law. In his first year 1914-1915  he studied Scots Law and International Private Law. In his second year 1915-1916  he studied Conveyancing and Evidence and Procedure. It was in the class of Evidence and Procedure that he was awarded a special certificate in view of the Class Prize as well as being awarded a certificate of merit. In his third year he studied Civil Law and Forensic Medicine. There is no record of him matriculating for the academic session of 1917-1918  so it is possible that he returned in 1918  only to sit his exams. He graduated BL in 1918  .

On graduating he found employment as a Law Clerk. In 1919, James Rankin McKail passed all the examinations necessary for his admission as a Law Agent (or solicitor). However, it wasn't until 1925  that he was actually registered as a Law Agent. In 1933,  he was admitted as a member of the Scottish Law Agent's Society. McKail returned to the University of Glasgow as an Additional Examiner in Conveyancing in 1953. In 1955  , he was admitted as a member of the Merchants' House of the City of Glasgow. On his certificate of admittance he is recorded as working for Messrs Biggart, Lumsden & Co , Solicitors, 105 West George Street, Glasgow. He died on the 11 February 1977  .

Arrangement

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Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2831)

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Additional Information

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Updated by Emma Noble, volunteer, 2 May 2002

Updated by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, 7 March 2003

Update by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 14 December 2007

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